Help me recover from my recovery
July 24, 2012 7:56 AM Subscribe
Help me recover from my recovery: advice sought on diet, fitness, repatriation, etc. after a long hospitalization.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (13 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Let's say you have a friend who has finally returned home after a months-long hospitalization. Still exhausted (so elaborate prep not a real option), no known dietary restrictions (though skin seems to be clearer when gluten is avoided), still living with an autoimmune disease, coming off of a long stretch of very unhealthy (high in sugars and simple carbs, low on fresh vegetables) hospital food. And oh, yeah, too tired and disoriented to think through a grocery list/menu. Was doing salmon steaks, almonds, blueberries, you get the picture, before being admitted; can't remember the full routine. Please just tell me what to buy.
Fitness: muscles are atrophied (I had a nice amount of both muscle tone and practical strength prior). A long walk leaves me sore now. I was using 5 lb weights and walking/jogging/cycling prior. How to rebuild from nothing? I am literally too weak and tired to get aerobic in the way I was accustomed...which was my go-to stress reliever and brain booster before. No heart condition, etc. that is limiting, just fatigue (and losing it by not using it, so to speak).
Everything else: emotionally exhausted as well from the experience. Has anyone else had a similar experience? How did you get your groove back? I was naive enough to think I would immediately pick up where I left off once I got home. This has been the strangest experience of my life so far.